place of birth: Tczew, Poland
birth date: 22 March 1984
current club: Hamburger SV
18 caps for Germany (one goal)
Piotr Trochowski is different from the other Polish-born players in my selection, since he was not born in the Polish province of Silesia but in a small town near Gdansk. His family moved to Hamburg when he was five years old.
When he was 14 the highly talented midfielder got an invitation for the German U-15.
His parents, however, wanted to see him represent Poland and tried to persuade Polish football authorities of their son`s qualities. His mother didn`t know the adress of the Polish FA and hence published—without the knowledge of her son—an advert in a Polish sports magazine praising her son`s technical skills and asked the Polish FA to invite him to its youth programme.
She didn`t get a response and a few years later Trochowski was one of three Polish-born players who helped Germany defeat the country they were born in at the European Championship.
This season Piotr Trochowski has established himself as one of Hamburg`s best players and has become a regular in the German national team.